Shortcat Might Just Mean You Never Touch Your Mac’s Mouse Again

Shortcat Might Just Mean You Never Touch Your Mac’s Mouse Again

One of the things that was fantastic about vintage PCs is the way your hands never had to leave the keyboard: everything was just a command away. The graphic user interface first introduced to the world with the Macintosh is obviously a big step forward when it comes to general accessibility, pointing an onscreen at an object to click on it can often be a step backwards when it comes to speed for die-hard power users.

If that sounds like you, Shortcat is a new, free app that you should download which aims to bring the command line to the GUI.

Billing itself as “Spotlight for the UI,” Shortcat allows you to do a search of all on-screen GUI elements just by hitting a shortcut, then automatically click that shortcut by hitting the enter key. It works with any app that supports OS X’s built-in accessibility features, and using it, you can do everything from change your DNS settings, copy-and-paste an app from one Finder window to another, jump between Skype sessions and more, without your fingers every leaving the keyboard or hitting a mouse.

I gave it a shot and while I’m not quite die-hard enough to use Shortcat, it impressed me: for the right kind of power-user who lives in code editors and prefers to do everything with the keyboard, Shortcat is a godsend. Even better? It’s totally free, and plays nice with other keyboard helpers like Alfred. You could easily throw your mouse or trackpad away entirely using Shortcat and Alfred together.

  • mr_bee

    This seems like a complete copy of Quicksilver which failed because basically no one cares about CLI anymore.

  • Hammer1845

    Mouse? I’ve been using the trackpad in lieu of a mouse since about 5 milliseconds after it came out.

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